A new national standard for teachers is making it tougher for them to make the grade.
The new standard was approved last month. It has colleges across the country and right here at home, revamping their education programs. WJBF's News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has more.
School can be tough for students, but educators say it can be even harder for teachers, especially those who are just starting their careers.
That's why the qualifications for who can educate your child are changing.
Jeff Carney Assistant Superintendent of Columbia County Schools says, “It's going to make it more rigorous. They are not just going to do book work, a few lesson plans and be able to get a certification to teach.
“There's going to be more of an emphasis on classroom management,” says Carney.
After a study conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality, Georgia ranked low on the list of teachers who knew their content and performed well. The NCTQ hopes that creating a new certification process–that includes more testing, especially in the areas of math and English–will eliminate potential teachers who won't make the grade.
Jeff Carney explains, “You've got to have the qualifications, you have got to have the skills that go with that, I have seen a number of passionate teachers that aren't that well-rounded and we end up having to work with them. So anything we can do to get the total package with candidates coming out of college, we're all for that.”
Carney says he hopes the new certification process will spark friendly competition among colleges. He says competition breeds success, and Columbia County wants those successful teachers.
Carney says,” We want them to know the content, and go deep in the content, so we're meeting all the needs. You've got gifted kids that are going to push teachers and ask tough questions.”
In that group's rating system, only four schools scored a “4,” which is the highest score.
None of those were in Georgia. That's why local school administrators are welcoming this tougher standard with open arms.